East Norfolk Sixth Form College

Outgoing Principal:Daphne King

RegionEast of England

TypeSixth Form College

Students1675 pupils aged 16-19

Top character qualities developed

  • Teamwork
  • Confidence
  • Compassion
  • Friendliness and forming friendships
  • Motivation, drive and ambition

Statement on Youth Social Action and Character

“Making a positive impact within our community” is now part of our mission statement. We have re-worked our strategic objectives with a yearly staff-wide action plan, while our ‘Director of Progression and Employability’ is responsible for driving this priority across the whole college. Our students apply for social action placements through our website, encounter healthy competition, keep account of their own hours and are tracked for progress. Several hundred students volunteer at any one time and they are encouraged to use these experiences in UCAS personal statements as well as with apprenticeship or employment applications.

‘Peer Mentoring’ as part of the ‘5 Ways to Well-Being’ programme works within the College, but we also work with local partners: St John’s Ambulance, local clubs for the elderly and the Citizen’s Advice Bureau, all of whom challenge our students to lead positive change. One of our most successful partnerships is with the James Paget University Hospital where up to a 100 students a year take part in their mealtime volunteering programme. Students learn to be responsible for patients and understand the administrative duties of care-giving, while gaining vital employability skills such as communicating clearly with other professionals and learning to be a valued member of a team.

We know that our students gain valuable skills for the world of work when they take part in social action. We campaigned for voluntary work to have the same standing as a work placement with a business and when a Department for Education official came to see our students on the mealtime volunteering programme, they left inspired to broaden the Department’s definition of ‘work experience’ to clearly include meaningful social action too. 

ENSFC is the first college in Norfolk to sign up to the #iwill campaign and we were delighted
when Great Yarmouth Borough Council’s Employment and Skills Group approached us to get help from our students with re-branding their website – the community has been very impressed with them and we are so proud!” – Daphne King

Find out more about what we do through our website.

East Norfolk Sixth Form College is part of the Association of Colleges. Find out more about how your college can get involved.

“My final volunteering placement led to a full time job!”

– Chloe Beattie, former college student

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